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Concept Plan

Inspiring plan to revitalise Claremont Showground 

The Royal Agricultural Society of WA has approved a concept plan for the renewal of Claremont Showground. 

The concept plan brings together the heritage of Claremont Showground’s agricultural history as well as providing inspiring modern facilities and open spaces for community access.

A place for family, friends and community: 

The proposed features include: 

  • an undercover verandah of elegant proportions which overlooks the main arena and provides access to exhibit facilities 
  • a new grandstand 
  • the potential for a living farm gate entry statement 
  • a year round education hub 
  • flexibility for a range of events and pop up activations 
  • the agrarian environment so important to the RAS support of agriculture and education

The RAS is confident that the concept plan will add value to Claremont Showground and to the State of WA. We want the Showground to seamlessly integrate and engage with the community and visibly connect the community to education about agriculture.

What the future could look like at Claremont Showground

RAS Concept Plan

Concept Plan Precincts

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We want to hear from you 

The RAS will be spending the next eight to 12 months speaking to as many people as possible and finding out what everyone thinks about this exciting project.

Please take the time to read all the information about the concept plan and complete our online survey. 

Concept Plan Survey

Our Objectives:

  • Add value to Claremont Showground and to the State 
  • Create year round educational facilities 
  • Enhance the Perth Royal Show 
  • Ensure long term sustainability of the RAS 

How long will the project take?

The concept plan come to fruition over the next 15 to 20 years with the first stage completed within five years. This will give the RAS the ability to look at how we stage and fund the project elements. We are eager to explore synergies with potential partners. 

Timeline so far 

The RAS started work on the concept plan almost three years ago with a series of workshops and focus groups that asked stakeholders what they wanted from the site in the future. 

Stakeholders, including local residents, were clear about two things. The Showground must be retained as an asset for the community and it must remain the home of the iconic Perth Royal Show. 

WA firm of architects Hames Sharley was appointed in October 2013 and over a number of months the concept took shape. 

Hames Sharley came up with a number of ideas all of which had some great elements but with none achieving the right balance. Further work was undertaken before the RAS gave its seal of approval in April 2014. 

History of Claremont Showground 

The RAS has been based at Claremont Showground since 1904. 

The site has been an important community asset for more than 100 years offering facilities for sport, fairs, exhibitions, music and cultural activities.

250 community, sporting and cultural events are held at Claremont Showground in addition to the Perth Royal Show with close to one million people visiting the grounds every year. 

It is the safest and best equipped venue for music festivals. We are proud that each music festival contributes $3 million in annual economic impact to WA. 

The RAS supports and sponsors many events and community initiatives at Claremont Showground including the Long Table Lunch for Breast Cancer Care and the Bindaring Red Cross Clothing Sale.

For more information contact :

Laura Bernhardt

RAS Concept Plan